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Life today is fast, and subject to massive change which can create anxiety and stress, and this can impact on both our health and emotional wellbeing. The baggage we wake up with today does not have to be the same baggage we carry tomorrow which is where hypnosis and other behavioural interventions can help.

The human body is a self-healing unit with the mind and body closely linked. Physical behaviour stems from the subconscious, for example how we feel about ourselves. Hypnosis is a great vehicle for releasing the negative thoughts and emotions that can build up and make us feel unhappy, or prevent us from living a fulfilled and normal life. An additional bonus is that it can help the body release endorphins which are the ‘feel good factors’ that serve to heal and repair.

There are many fears and misunderstandings that surround the use of hypnosis. It is not the same as a stage or TV performance, which is designed for entertainment. I always assure my clients that what happens is perfectly normal, simply an altered state, and I take time to explain everything as we go along to build confidence, so that they feel comfortable from the outset.

Exploding the myths

Hypnosis conducted by a fully qualified and experienced therapist is fast, effective and safe. There is no such thing as a ‘hypnotised feeling’, although many people find their senses are heightened. It is simply a very comfortable and relaxed state that almost anyone can enter easily.

You definitely won’t ‘lose control’ at any point, nor can you be manipulated in any way. There is no form of unconsciousness and Clinical Hypnosis cannot make you do anything against your ethics, beliefs or values.

I focus on the present, because maintaining an attitude or emotional reaction to something in the past keeps you anchored there, restricting your growth. The experience is similar to meditation or deep relaxation. Hypnosis requires your consent to be effective, because all hypnosis is actually ‘self-hypnosis’.

Far from being asleep or unaware, you enter a wakeful state where you are both deeply relaxed yet have a heightened level of suggestibility as well as a focused awareness. It is because of this heightened state of mind that you can use hypnosis to make changes to your self beliefs, and patterns of thinking, safely and naturally.

Who can benefit from Clinical Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is suitable for anybody who wants and is ready to change. This approach is able to tap into and stimulate the body’s healing resources to bring about positive transformations. We all have the ability to alter negative thoughts, to make changes, to alter our self-beliefs.

How to Choose a Clinical Hypnotherapist

Ensure that they have trained with a professional UK establishment recognised by the APHP and also hold a recognised qualification such as the Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy. It is also important that they are committed to regular CPD and registered with independent professional bodies E.g. APHP, FHT

Qualifications are obviously important; however I believe that rapport and trust are essential. So in choosing who you want to help you overcome your challenges, pick a therapist you feel comfortable with, a person you can trust and talk openly and honestly with, because that is the key to success.